Do you have what it takes to be a Grasshopper?

Do you have what it takes to be a Grasshopper?

January 18, 2017

  Started in 1998 by Miguel Crawford and the tight-knit Gianni cycling club out of Occidental, CA, the Grasshopper Adventure Series are long, fun, hard rides with cold beer and good stories at the end. Road, cross, and MTB skills are all tested to their limits, with each ride often blurring the line between cycling disciplines. With the start of the Grasshopper Adventure Series drawing near, Kitsbow Ambassador Nicholas Haig-Arack asks fellow Ambassador Mig Crawford about the Series and what it takes to become a Grasshopper.   What kind of rider should sign up? “A rider who comes out to [...]
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Destination Alaska – Sam Schultz

Destination Alaska – Sam Schultz

December 05, 2016

  Kitsbow Ambassador Sam Schultz has been on and off the road in his newly acquired Sprinter. Most recently, he and his girlfriend, Emily returned from their two month adventure through Alaska and Canada. Before he hit the road again last week for another 6 months, we were lucky enough to hear some details from their trip! Tell us about your van setup. What are the essentials for van life? What worked well, or didn’t, about your rig for life on the road? “The van is a 2004 Freightliner Sprinter. I bought it used and already built for adventures by [...]
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Getting Involved

Getting Involved

November 28, 2016

Kitsbow is a small company founded and staffed by dedicated cyclists from all over the United States. With ambassadors all over the western states and roots all over the country, why did we choose to make our home base in Northern California? We’ll be the first to admit that we have it pretty good here in Sonoma County. From the surfeit of world-class microbreweries to the breathtaking coastline, this area is full of wonders. But if you were to ask a mountain biker what the crown jewel of the area is, any rider would give you the same answer: Annadel [...]
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Kitsbow and the Grasshopper

Kitsbow and the Grasshopper

November 28, 2016

 Kitsbow is proud to have ambassadors who are involved in the mountain bike community locally and across the country. Meet Kitsbow’s newest ambassador Miguel “Mig” Crawford. Miguel’s life has revolved around the bike since 1988, when he sold his first car to buy a Stumpjumper. Every weekend he swapped commuter skinnies for burly knobbies and spent days buried in the Arcata, California redwoods. In the summers he rigged his mountain bike for touring and spent several weeks camped out on the north coast. After a brief detour to Colorado by way of Oregon and Idaho, ‘Mig’ realized that Sebastopol was [...]
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Turkeys and Wheelies

Turkeys and Wheelies

November 23, 2016

Done with all your ‘Honey-Do’s’? Waiting for the turkey to hit the table? Here’s some inspirational ‘Tips & Tricks’ from Kitsbow Ambassadors, Jeff Kendall-Weed and Wes Shirey to help kill time on Thanksgiving day.   Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Kitsbow!  

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Thanksgiving Cooking OFF-the-Road

Thanksgiving Cooking OFF-the-Road

November 18, 2016

  Private chef team & Kitsbow Ambassadors, Zander Ault and Heidi Rentz from The Cyclist’s Menu make a living cooking for cyclists on the road. This Thanksgiving, they show us how to park the van, hit the gravel, and be that neighbor everyone loves by bringing savory, local side dishes for us all to enjoy. Whether your in the kitchen or cooking dinner by campfire in The Canyonlands (just sayin…), you’ll be able to impress! Here’s how Zander and Heidi are doing it. “For this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, we’re staying home and celebrating the incredible local foods that are produced [...]
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With Thanks

With Thanks

November 10, 2016

    On this Veteran’s Day, the Kitsbow team would like to extend a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all of the men and women who have served in our armed services at home and abroad. Today, we honor the combination of our Veterans and our favorite mode of transportation. Here’s a look into a special group of amazing men that served their country via 2-wheeled steed. Produced by Montana PBS and Directed by Gus Chambers, this is the story of the 25th Infantry’s bicycle trip from Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri in 1897. The African American infantry took the [...]
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Savoring Daylight

Savoring Daylight

November 04, 2016

  Mary Bardell has her hands full. When she’s not the High Priestess of Product Management here at Kitsbow HQ, this hardworking mom is busy raising two girls. So where does she find the time to get out on her bike for a leg-burning, lung-busting, mind-clearing ride on her favorite trails? Early. Very, very early. Mary is up and out before sunrise. While most of us are still sawing logs, she’s out pedaling in the woods on a Remedy. She begins with lights ablaze, fully layered to brave the morning frost. The forest comes alive as the sun begins its [...]
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Peak Life

June 22, 2016

Mountain biking may have been born in Marin County, but its beating heart can be found two hundred miles to the northeast, in rural Plumas County. The small town of Downieville and the vast network of trails there have been considered classic Northern California destinations for well over twenty years. But a region near Downieville is getting a large share of new trail building efforts that are on par with Butcher Ranch, Third Divide, and the other legendary trails of Sierra County. Rockier, wetter, more alpine than the surrounding area, the Lakes Basin region is strewn with gorgeous, bikeable trail [...]
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Kitsbow Seen In Barcelona

April 12, 2016

At Kitsbow, we love seeing our apparel worn by hard-working and hard-riding cyclists around the world. Recently, John Watson (the Radavist) posted some great shots featuring Ken Bloomer of Crema Cycles, Mattia Paganotti of Legor Cicli and their crew savoring a golden afternoon on some rocky trails and fireroads in beautiful Barcelona. These guys (and one cute cat) seem to be living the good life on the warm shores of the Mediterranean.   Hat tip to John Watson for beautiful images! For the full story, check out the Radavist. 

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Roadventure to NAHBS

March 04, 2016

For this installment of the Kitsbow Journal, we’re proud to introduce a new voice: Nicholas Haig-Arack (AKA @nicholasmha). He is a man who wears many hats, most of which are bike helmets. Self-appointed Great Chieftan of SCUMB, a “BBQ gang with a mountain biking problem,” he calls Sonoma County home, although his feet rarely touch the ground – he lets his wheels do the walking. When Nick told us he was planning on riding to NAHBS, we thought, “sounds like a roadventure!” and are excited to share the tale. “Each thing in its way, when true to its own character, [...]
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